I started this blog in 2007 with the idea that I could share my experiences raising a child with special needs. My hope then as it is now – that I can grow The Special Parent to be a real resource for parents and loved ones with special needs children of all ages. I want to give you, information and experiences I’ve gathered over 26 years of rearing a physically, developmentally, and mentally disabled child. This by harnessing the internet I, and others, can share resources and provide a shoulder to lean on for one another. I believe that this information could be a roadmap of sorts to help guide you through your journey.
I’m not sure where you are on your journey with your special needs child. It could be:
- You’re pregnant, and you’ve found out that you’re going to have a special needs child.
- You’re still reeling from the shock that life with your new baby isn’t going to be as you had dreamed and planned.
- You’re grappling with new information about your special needs child.
- Your child developed special needs after an accident or illness, and you are dealing with a whole new world.
- You’ve been doing this for a long time but you’re encountering new struggles.
- You’ve made it to high school, and suddenly you realize that graduation is around the corner. “Now what?” is the question weighing on your heart.
- You’re getting older and afraid of what will happen when you’re no longer here.
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light
My mission is to grow The Special Parent to be a real resource for parents with special needs children of all ages. I know this blog won’t be all things to all people. It can’t possibly be. I hope that it will speak to you and your situation. Perhaps the review of a book or a retelling of one of many IEP meetings I’ve attended will give you a place to go – or a place to avoid! Most of all, I hope that we can take that journey together, and somehow it will make navigating the system of the special needs/disability world you’re about to travel, just a little bit easier.